A hemagglutinating monoclonal IgM antibody (MoAb145) was produced against a high incidence red blood cell membrane antigen. By the specific red cell adherence test, the antibody also reacted with human bladder epithelium; in addition, expression of the MoAb145 antigen was lost in some cases of transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder, in a manner similar to the ABH blood group. Hemagglutination studies with a panel of erythrocytes lacking specific high incidence red blood cell membrane antigens indicated that MoAb145 did not recognize ABH specificity but rather a determinant absent from rare MN variant erythrocytes, including En(a-) erythrocytes, which lack glycophorin-alpha. Failure of MoAb145 to stain, by indirect immunofluorescence, the erythroleukemia cell line K562, which expresses glycophorin-alpha and the MN blood group, and failure to inhibit MoAb145 hemagglutination with an erythrocyte sialoglycoprotein fraction that contained MN blood group activity suggests that MoAb145 does not recognize either glycophorin-alpha or the MN blood group, but rather another membrane determinant, which is altered in En(a-) erythrocytes. This study demonstrates a new epitope detected by MoAb145 that is shared between human erythrocyte membranes and bladder epithelia, and is affected by neoplastic transformation in transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder.

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